6120 Environmental Health Inspector

Recruitment #CBT-6120-093871




Under direction, the Environmental Health Inspector – Consumer Protection Program conducts inspections and is responsible for the implementation of various Environmental Health Programs including: food safety and sanitation, cross connection control, environmental housing inspection, ground water monitoring, institutional inspections, inspecting temporary events, certified farmer’s markets, mobile food facilities, noise abatement, plan check review, solid waste management, massage establishments, educational outreach and food certified training, licensing and inspections, and investigating public health and safety hazards in order to enforce established laws, ordinances and regulations pertaining to abatement of violations found; recommends appropriate actions to remedy situations; issues citations; prepares pertinent reports; and implements various environmental health programs and services. The essential job functions include:

  • Conducts food and drink establishment inspections, including bakeries, public eating places, bottling plants, candy manufacturers, candy stores, caterers, delicatessens, egg dealers, fish dealers, food factories, fruit and vegetable stands, groceries, general markets, meat food processing plants, meat markets, poultry dealers, temporary events, mobile food facilities and other miscellaneous food establishments; detects violations; orders corrections to effect compliance with established requirements, advises operators, building owners, architects, contractors and others on methods related to alternative design modification and equipping to comply with applicable codes and regulations; processes applicable portions of building permit applications and plans applicable to work and follows through to insure that requirements are adhered to; advises operators and employees on proper handling procedures and sanitary methods; obtains routine samples of products and submits samples for laboratory analyses, examinations and tests; conducts food poisoning investigations; recommends issuance or denial of permits to operate food establishments or suspension or revocation of existing permits if violation is not corrected as ordered; appears and testifies at hearings to enforce compliance; prepares related notices to courts, records and correspondence pertaining to duties performed, observations made, violations found and actions taken;
  • Enforces provisions of the health, housing, planning and air pollution codes, State health and safety, industrial relations, administrative, agricultural and penal codes, State general safety orders, local ordinances and State laws pertaining to noise abatement and other environmental hazards. May be required to specialize in any of these or other activities related to the duties of the class;
  • Investigates complaints involving all buildings; takes necessary action to abate illegal health, sanitary and safety conditions; coordinates efforts with the Department of Public Works, bureaus of building inspection, electrical inspection and plumbing inspection and with the Fire and Police Departments in the enforcement of the building, electrical, plumbing, fire and police codes; appears as witness in court litigation when required and testifies in cases involving food establishments, housing, commercial buildings, hazardous materials and waste management and other matters;
  • Conducts complaint inspections of dwellings, hotels, apartment houses, business establishments and other multiple dwellings; checks for sanitation, general maintenance of structural and operational features, light, ventilation, use and occupancy, safety and for compliance with applicable codes; detects violations; coordinates efforts with applicable city departments in the enforcement of appropriate codes; makes follow-up inspections to assure ordered corrections have been made; makes recommendations for order of vacation or condemnation of buildings remaining in violation; prepares condemnation reports; appears and testifies at condemnation hearings;
  • Conducts complaint inspections at sites of noise sources to determine the noise source; prepares legal notices of violations of noise ordinance; recommends corrective action to be taken by the violators; prepares cases for argument before the Variance Board; Utilizes a computer to enter, format and extrapolate/manipulate data;
  • Conducts miscellaneous inspections of facilities, including laundries, dry cleaning establishments, ambulatory homes for the aged, stables, kennels, pet hospitals and pet shops for compliance with pertinent regulations, and recommends issuance or denial of permit to operate; investigates infestations of rodents and other vermin;
  • Performs special and miscellaneous duties, including sanitation surveys, attends meetings and educational conferences, interfaces with the San Francisco Tax Collector’s office on billing issues regarding permits, giving talks to groups, conducting tours with students and groups and conducting special emergency investigation of hazards, health and unsanitary conditions; AND
  • Performs related duties as required.


These positions may require sustained physical effort involving continuous walking with some climbing of ladders and bending and stooping in conducting inspections with occasional exposure to health and safety hazards and other unpleasant conditions.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in engineering, environmental health, mathematics, or the physical, natural or biological sciences; AND

License and Certification:

  • Requires possession of a REHS (Registered Environmental Health Specialist) certification issued by the State of California Department of Public Health Services and eligibility to be deputized as a peace officer; AND • Possession of a current, valid California driver's license.


Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Lillian Louie, by telephone at 415-554-2912, or by email at Lillian.Louie@sfdph.org


Selection Procedures

Written Performance Exercise: Weight 50%

Qualified candidates will be invited to the written performance exercise process designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: knowledge of environmental health sciences; knowledge of local, state and federal laws and regulations; knowledge of field inspection methods, techniques and procedures; ability to analyze and solve problems; human relations ability; and written communication ability

Oral Performance Examination: Weight 50%

Qualified candidates will be invited to the oral performance examination process designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: knowledge of environmental health sciences; knowledge of local, state and federal laws and regulations; knowledge of field inspection methods, techniques and procedures; ability to analyze and solve problems; human relations ability; and written communication ability.

Eligible List/Score Report:
A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be of six (6) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

To find Departments which use this classification, please see https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/ASO-Level-Chart.pdf?documentID=21246.

The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three Scores.  Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: At the City and County of San Francisco, we share a commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. Each member of our organization is responsible and accountable for what they say and do to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work by employing fair and just practices to and for all.

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.  [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4.  Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement.  Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at http://sfgov.org/civilservice/rules.


Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: 

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: 

Valid licensure must be kept current throughout length of employment. Failure to demonstrate/show proof of possession of required valid licensure may result in dismissal and/or termination of employment.

Note on Electronic Health Records:

The Department of Public Health (DPH) is implementing a unified Electronic Health Record (EHR) system and DPH employees must demonstrate competency in the use of the system that is appropriate for their classification as a condition of employment. Physical Examination: Prior to appointment, at the Department’s expense, applicants may be required to take a tuberculosis (TB) screening test, a medical examination and/or drug test.

Note on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

Some positions in the Department of Public Health will require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including but not limited to gloves, gowns, eye and face protection, and face-fitting respirators. The requirement for the use of PPE may come on short or no notice. Facial hair or any condition that interferes with a face-fitting respirator’s seal (i.e. comes between the sealing surfaces of the respirator and the wearer’s bare skin) is not permitted when face-fitting respirators are worn, including during initial or periodic respirator fit-testing. Employees who choose not to shave and do not have either American Disabilities Act (ADA) or Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Accommodations do not have the right to alternate work assignments or the option of using a loose-fitting Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) in place of a Face Fitting Respirator.


Exam Type:  ENTRANCE
Issued:  February 1, 2019
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: CBT-6120-093871
DPH/LL/415-554-2912 (DHR Pos. No. 01107341)


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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